Mentor texts

Hi everyone,

Some of you know that when the night came for Ruth Culham’s Google Hangout hosted by International Reading Association, my link failed me and I was never able to join the rest of the group to participate in the show. Talk about bummed out!

As a follow-up though, the moderator for IRA, Jayme Gravell, talked with IRA editor April Hall, and they invited me to send along my suggestions for mentor texts to add to their blog post. I thought it was quite gracious of them and I accepted. Here’s the link so you can see what has already been posted. Mine should come along before long.
http://www.reading.org/reading-today/ira/post/news/2014/10/30/making-the-most-of-mentor-texts-the-google-hangout-on-air-takeaways
My question to you is, do you use mentor texts yourself and, if so, what sources would you recommend? The floor is open.

David

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One comment on “Mentor texts

  1. David, maybe I have this all wrong, but perhaps we need a definition of “mentor” texts. The list of books on the link is of books to help children learn to read. It is merely a reading list of interesting books to me. As a children’s poet, what would be really useful to me is a list of books people have used to learn how to write poetry for children, or good examples of children’s poetry books.
    It really isn’t all about me, I promise.
    So, what books do people use to become better children’s poets?

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